Volume 115, Number 3


Librarian for the people

Under the leadership of Carla D. Hayden, AM’77, PhD’87, a revered institution is connecting Americans with their country through its treasures. Plus: “A Few of Her Favorite Things.”


Reflections from John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, on three decades leading the College.

Some drum

In 1938 Big Bertha answered the Big Apple’s call.

Sounds reborn

How the University of Chicago Folk Festival built its own tradition. Plus: “The Dylan Mystery.”

Love letters from Paris

For 50 years Janet Flanner, EX 1914 (1892–1978), shared her witty, sharp observations of Europe with New Yorker readers.

Editor’s notes

Stimulus package

A UChicago feast for the senses.


Readers sound off

Readers weigh in on Chandra encounters, Medici meals, misinformation, and more.

UChicago Journal

Introducing the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures

The Oriental Institute renames itself, but its mission remains the same.

Lasting images

Cinephiles look back on the first-ever Black women’s film festival.

Connect with slime mold

A living smartwatch tracks the bond between people and their devices.

Picture this

My Very Own Library brings an author and icon to a neighborhood school.

Fresh Ink

A selection of recent books by UChicago faculty members.

Coffee break

Raise a mug to UChicago's campus cafés.

Interview: Cryptic kingdom

Matthew Nelsen, PhD’14, explores the mysteries of fungi.

Quick Study: UChicago research roundup

Peanuts, pollution, plant energy, and a precise picture of the universe.

W. R. Harper’s Index: UChicago Giving Day 2023

The annual day of collaborative fundraising by the numbers.

For the Record: UChicago news highlights

A selection of the latest headlines from across campus.

Peer review


A selection of UChicago alumni whose names are in the news.


A selection of books, films, and recordings by UChicago alumni.


Photos from the archives and readers like you.


University of Chicago obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

The UChicagoan

Santa Ono, AB’84

Questions for the immunologist and 15th president of the University of Michigan.